This Reader's Theatre covers the history of the famous battle at the Alamo in Texas. There are 14 characters including five Narrators, Santa Anna,Davie Crockett, Sam Houston, and Stephen Austin. This fits perfectly with a study of the Southwest Region of the United States and works with 4th-6th grade
How to Use Genius Hour in Your Classroom gives students precious time to work on their own personal passion in 20% of class time–following carefully-structured guidelines to assist them in getting the most possible out of this free time. It supports critical thinking, research skills, close reading,
This PowerPoint presentation uses animations to demontrate 3 types of tranformations: translations, rotations, and reflections. Students can actively create their own transformational shape that can then be translated, rotated, or reflected to build a tessellation. Turn Geometry into a fun art pro
Originally published in Scholastic's Storyworks magazine. Exceptionally powerful reader's theater from the Civil Rights Movement. Liven up your Black History unit with this classroom play about the Greensboro Lunch Counter Sit-ins of 1960. Based on the actual event, this classroom play script is suit
Step by step tutorial on making beautiful paper water lilies. Enhance your bulletin boards or displays with this easy, inexpensive project. Appropriate for children in grades 3 and up. I made them to decorate a display of "Monet-style" tempera paintings by my students. Our classroom water lily
Now updated with eight questions! A fun bellringer testing student's abilities as a cook on an Old West cattle drive. Students are asked multiple choice questions about jobs, nicknames, chuck wagon recipes, equipment, etc. to see if they can guess the right answers.
This provides an excellent wa
The purpose of this activity is to help students identify and understand the causes and effects of the Fall of the Roman empire.
Students will participate in a play in which the Roman emperor continually taxes his people into poverty and then enslaves those unable to pay. Students will understand ho
Simulations are composed of an introduction or briefing, the simulation itself, and a debriefing that gets at critical thinking and reflection. They provide students with an active role that focuses on and helps bring to life a historical event, character, or concept. The concept of an ASSEMBLY LIN
This is an exciting simulation project where students can write, create, and act out a news show from the Roaring Twenties. If you have the technology available, I highly recommend filming the show. My students LOVE to watch it multiple times! We have sold copies of the DVD as a fundraiser as well
Students write, sculpt, analyze and explore art forms in Renaissance Venice. Additionally, students engage in primary source analysis of The Prince and examine the political underpinnings within the Renaissance.
This is hands-on learning at its best! Use some or all of the activit
After researching Greek Mythology -- studying elements of Greek Mythology and learning characters, use this project to help students show what they have learned in a way that THEY choose! These projects require higher-level thinking, and give students the choice between working alone or working in a
Put the STEAM in STEM with this unit! Sound Engineering is a Project Based Learning unit that teaches students the physics and basic concepts of sound engineering, especially as it relates to music. This lesson can be used in Career and Technology classes, Science classes, or Music classes. I have
MUSIC: Xylophone Interactive Chart [Click & Play]
Don't have a xylophone on hand, no need to worry, I've got the perfect solution. Using this interactive chart, you can play the xylophone on the board without the hassle of setting anything up. If you have smart board students ca
Simulations are composed of an introduction or briefing, the simulation itself, and a debriefing that gets at critical thinking and reflection. They provide students with an active role that focuses on and helps bring to life a historical event, character, or concept. The concepts of SUPPLY AND DEM
Oral tradition is essential to all societies. This is particularly important in societies where a large number people were not literate. The culture and traditions of most African civilizations was not carried on through a written language. The history and traditions of Africa were continued over
Explore the Colonial History of Australia through the eyes of the
early artists and photographers.
A curatorial simulation and webquest for your students.
Curriculum links/ weblinks/ lesson sequence/ original journals/
scientific records of plants and animals/ an example of an art
Simulations are composed of an introduction or briefing, the simulation itself, and a debriefing that gets at critical thinking and reflection. They provide students with an active role that focuses on and helps bring to life a historical event, character, or concept. Through an exploration of coun
Bring the Gold Rush to life with this short skit. The skit features Sam Brannan and three miners and is about five minutes in length.
Perfect for introducing the Gold Rush to your class, or using as a culminating activity.
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Check out all of the free resources available + explore an online game for students to participate in community related activities.
This is an interactive Microsoft Power Point Slide Show with a Super Hero Theme. I have used it for Super Hero Field Days in PE. You can display the slide show on a large wall and students stand in front of the screen so that their shadow is put on to the screen. They then dodge, duck, and jump aw
At Creative Solutions, you will find out of the box types of activities. Gold Rush Day Interactive Plan is a day full of fun activities for students to explore. From panning for gold, hard rock mining, playing cards, eating authentic 1850's food, to jail, and other fun, your students will dive righ
Do your students politely request, “May I have some chicken?” when ordering in a restaurant? These role plays are perfect for introducing students to American restaurant English. Most international students enjoy trying new food, but many are reduced to pointing to items on a menu and don’t know ho
Time, money, double digit addition and subtraction (with and without regrouping), capacity and poem writing is fun with play based learning!
This set integrates fairy tales along with core curriculum. Use the signs, labels and provided essentials to help your students’ imaginations grow and build
This activity is appropriate for high school students learning kitchen safety, types of accidents and burns and basic first aid.
This activity includes the following:
Example of student notes
Role play cards for groups (3-4 per group)
8 injury scenar
A template already has been created to cover the following topics and to make the planning process of a puppet show easier for your students:
1) Spain's motivation for sending Conquistadors
2) Cortes Conquering the Aztecs
3) Pizarro Conquering the Incas
4) Columbian Exchange
This lesson is centered around the "So What" question: "How do you decipher myth from fact?" This is an interactive PowerPoint where students will be able to "choose their own fate" by making decisions based off of a class-wide field trip they take to the ancient island of Crete. First, students part
Most kids are convinced math is boring. Use drama and humour to get them doing (university level) strategic thinking and have fun at the same time. Game theory is a study of strategic decision making. In this game, kids act out the part of a judge, a bailiff, two criminals and a police officer or two
This is written as three-30 minute lesson unit. It can be combined into a longer session if needed or more shorter sessions.
An interactive unit for teaching how a bill becomes a law. So fun for the kids! Ideal for a US history unit.
Learning about Careers – Landscape Architecture Simulation project gives students an opportunity to experience what Landscape Architects actually do. This is perfect for a technology, business or marketing class, or a class that focuses on careers. Students use Web 2.0 tools (Plan a Garden, Small B
Role plays can be exciting, fun, spontaneous, nerve-wracking, scary, and difficult. Sometimes students need a little support when creating their own role plays. In this resource, you’ll find 10 travel-related situations that students can use to create their own characters and dialogue.
This play is actually a documentary I have used over and over with my students. It does not reenact the events of the Alamo, so their are no fighting scenes. The play is used to discover why the Alamo Defenders stayed to face certain death. This question comes up often when studying this subject. Th
A perfect resource for your 4th grade Ohio Social Studies classroom! Make history come alive with these 6 Reader’s Theater scripts taken from the pages of Ohio’s rich history! These original plays contain up to 20 parts each featuring various reading levels to ensure whole class participation, diff
Middle School-appropriate version of my popular Film Studies course. Revised and revamped to meet the needs of 6-9 teachers. No violence, sex, or bad language. Film clips chosen with the middle school student in mind. This slide show reviews the topic of camera angles, with movie clips (accessible vi
If your washing machine could talk, what would it say?
If you were a snowflake, what would you pray?
What words from a vacuum cleaner would make you run?
Does a crayon talk about having some fun?
What news does dirty laundry have for you?
It just might tell you when to say "peewww!
This is a viewing guide that students can use to help them analyze the characters, movements, and symbolism used in Martha Graham's dance piece. This is an extension activity for a unit on Euripides' MEDEA. The viewing guide contains a chart for all characters and elements found in the dance, three
This game helps students experience what it is like to be an art collector and seller. The students will buy and sell artwork by Albrecht Dürer with fake money, while the teacher leads them through the process. The goal is to have the most valuable art collection at the end, but they also need to thi
I have used this successfully in German I, but the assignment is written to apply to any language.
This is a 4 part project set up around a hypothetical radio contest. Part 1, the students design a house to enter a contest.
Part 2, the students won, but forgot to pay taxes and must write an ad to s
Improv Strategies for Reading Comprehension employs acting exercises to solidify comprehension of text, character motivation, plot elements, and theme. Students can work collaboratively to present their understanding in unique and fun ways.
CCSS aligned with reading literature and speaking and liste
Simulations are composed of an introduction or briefing, the simulation itself, and a debriefing that gets at critical thinking and reflection. They provide students with an active role that focuses on and helps bring to life a historical event, character, or concept. Through a vocabulary activity,
Simulations are composed of an introduction or briefing, the simulation itself, and a debriefing that gets at critical thinking and reflection. They provide students with an active role that focuses on and helps bring to life a historical event, character, or concept. This simulation gives a glimps
This activity can be used as a follow-up to notes or a reading about Stalin's editing photographs to remove people deemed "an enemy of the state." Students pretend they work in Stalin’s darkroom and are in charge of altering pictures for Stalin. Stalin not only killed unwanted persons or “enemies of
I used this original story as a drama lesson to help the students role play as their characters. I was the investigator and I asked the students questions, which they had to answer as their character. I assigned two students each to be one character. The rest of the class was the jury (they would lat
Mantua is a role-playing simulation set in fifteenth century Italy at the start of the Renaissance. In it students are divided into teams to play the five major Italian city-states of the time (Milan, Venice, Florence, the Papal States, and Naples) and try to earn prestige points by developing the v
This is an extensive unit that covers two scripted CCSS lessons for the Stamp Act, Kings Taxation, The Boston Tea Party and Responding to the Kings Actions in various learning styles from: close reading, to reenactment, to visual demonstrations, to inquiry based questioning and written responses. Thi
This is an extensive unit that includes scripted CCSS lessons inclusive of “I do – We do – You do” format with inquiry based questioning, close reading, graphic organizers, response sheets, interactive learning practices, visual representation activities, written responses and shared discourse to bui
Explore the excitement of designing your very own unique instrument virtually! Using Microsoft Power Point, students design and build their own virtual music instrument. This power point introduces concepts of frequency, found sounds, rate, sampling, and inserting and using animations within power
Have you ever wanted to beef up your curriculum without using worksheets or books? Purchase "The Living History of Father Serra, Founder of the California Missions." This PDF document gives the instructions on its use and a valuable script to use when acting like your favorite padre, Father Se
This lesson is designed to be an introduction to the culture of France. This lesson revolves around a webquest I created to allow students to explore the varieties of French food and how their traditional foods differ from the foods they are accustomed to. The lesson includes important vocabulary for
Ever wanted to solve mysteries and step into the shoes of a detective? Her is your chance! Bring your students along with you.
Have some fun. Dress up and play as you learn how to analyse and write new works in this exciting genre.
CONTENT: Mystery - Reading Resources, Retro Mysteri
Preschool and Kindergarten students will love taking care of their animal H patients! They will learn about the various body parts of their animals. They will pretend to be a doctor or a nurse taking care of their patient. They will even give them an eye exam. They can make hats and glasses for t
Another educational game and student favorite. Students play as five Italian city states like Venice and Florence who compete against each other to gain wealth and prestige by trading and commissioning Great Works of Renaissance art. An excellent way to teach students about history and art and keep t
Enhance your Construction Unit and make your Dramatic Play area come to life! Everything you need for a great Construction/Workshop. Fun, colorful pictures of tools, trucks, signs, and construction workers.
reinforces vocabulary with Environmental Print!
20 Workshop tool and safety s